The building of the Keningau Heritage Museum has been used as a Government Rest House. It was built in 1946 and completed in 1947 by Borneo Construction Company Ltd. It was revamped into the Keningau Heritage Museum in 2008. VIPs including the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, and the second Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak, have previously stayed at this historic Rest House. This two-storey museum shows the history of Keningau, which includes culture, Islamic civilization, sports and zoology. The museum is situated in Taman Mahathir along with Jalan Kg. Keningau, opposite Keningau Perkasa Hotel. The museum is also home to an exhibition hall and a gallery/museum.
The Keningau Oath Stone is a monument commemorating the terms on which the former British Crown Colony of North Borneo joined the former colony of Sarawak and the other states of the Malaya Federation to form Malaysia. This monument reminds the people of Sabah of the events that have led to independence and their rights over religion, land and customs being guaranteed without interference in return for their loyalty to the Federal Government. The North Borneo Legislative Council finally decided to accede to the Malaysia Agreement on 12 September 1962, following the submission of a 20-point agreement by Fuad Stephens during the negotiations to form Malaysia. Despite this development, the traditional native leaders of Sabah, known as the Orang Kaya-Kaya, still had considerable apprehension and reservations about the rights of the state within the new federation.
When the Japanese invaded Sandakan on 19 January 1942, the Consulate of China was one of their first targets. Cho Huan Lai, who had been the Chinese Consul General for the Republic of China in North Borneo since 1940, was arrested during the invasion. Shortly before the Japanese arrived at the consulate, Cho was able to destroy a number of consulate documents and other decipherments. He used his contacts to stay in touch with his inmates outside. But when the Japanese heard about it, all his inmates were arrested along with him in May 1944. The Japanese military court sentenced them to jail, serving their first term in Kuching prison, and then in Jesselton's Batu Tiga prison.
Recommended for history lovers, Ansip Ferry Memorial is a memorial to the Royal Australian Engineers who once served in Keningau. It's in the heart and middle of Keningau, as one of the most important events in the history of Sabah had taken place there. Between 1963 and 1966, the Royal Australian Engineers were assigned to build the Keningau Sapulut Road. The 7th Royal Australian Engineers Field Squadron Group designed a ferry that was used as a transport to cross the Pagalan River. The ferry became a means for military transport, as well as storage for military resources and equipment such as food supplies and heavy machinery.
OKK Sedomon was the chief who became a Unified Malaysian politician. The building is locally known as the Big House by most locals because it is the largest house ever constructed in their village in Bingkor. It was once the provisional headquarters of the Japanese army during the Japanese occupation of North Borneo in 1942. The second Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak bin Tun Hussein, visited the house to discuss the entry of the citizens of the interior into the Federation of Malaysia. After a lot of persuasion, the late OKK Sedenon eventually surrendered and the "Batu Sumpah" was erected.
Ladang Datuk Yap Yun Fook is an eco-farm in Keningau. The farm houses more than 5000 cows, each with a separate bed and a huge field with the best grass, especially planted for keeping them healthy. This evergreen farming method makes the farm self-sustained with harvested rainwater and solar energy making up for most of their resources. This farm started with an idea with 2 cows over 30 years ago. Today is one of the most successful enterprises of the country. Do visit this factory to understand this unique blend of nature, resources, and technology.
Keningau Craft Centre is located 5 km from Keningau Town. Built to become the center of Sabah's ethnic heritage handicraft development. SMEs will also serve as a centre for collection, training, marketing, research and development of the country's handicraft industry. R&D activities aimed at enhancing quality products, contemporary designs, robustness, motives, and patterns and product marketing. It will also serving as a center for cultural events, handicraft promotion days.